Consulting with local communities

Farnley Estates seek views of local community  

Farnley Estates, which owns and manages approximately 1,500 acres of land in and around Farnley Tyas, recently shared its vision for the next 25 years with neighbouring community groups.

Over the past 12 months, the Estate has consulted with more than 300 organisations, including charities, schools, universities, rural businesses, clubs and sporting associations about giving greater access to the land, for health, recreation, education and enterprise. The Estate is now looking into the feasibility of creating a country park for Huddersfield and is particularly keen to involve the local community.

“We feel that it’s important for local communities bordering the Estate, and those from the wider Huddersfield community, to have a say about what they want from the Estate. We really value their views and comments about how they could benefit from greater permissive access to the land. This could be anything from more off-road walking trails, a tea-room, farm shop or somewhere safe for the children to enjoy outdoor activities,” said Paul Sykes, Director Farnley Estates.

The Estate has recently developed a video which encapsulates the results of its research to date, and its vision for the future. The Estate has also spoken about its 25-year plan at several community group meetings, including Lepton, Thurstonland and Shelley Community Groups, and Lepton Ladies. It has since been invited to speak at Shepley Community Group in October, and the Farnley Tyas Community Group in the New Year.

“We’ve had a great response from the meetings we’ve attended so far. Everyone has been very supportive of our plans and keen to become involved in activities such as heritage projects in the future. We’d welcome the opportunity to speak at other community meetings, and would like the wider Huddersfield community to get in touch with their thoughts and ideas,” says Samantha Travis, Project Development Manager Farnley Estates.

The Farnley Estates video, along with more information about the Estate’s future plans, is available to view on our Future pages.